The Fear of the Lord
Proverbs 22:4 (NIV)
Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.
If you’re trying to track down wealth, honor, and life without humility and the fear of the Lord, they will elude you. But if you will cultivate humility and the fear of the Lord, those things will come to you. If you’ve been treating God casually through your indifference, if you’ve entertained sin, if you’re unforgiving, envious, greedy, immoral—those are signs that the fear of the Lord is diminished in your life. He is the Almighty Judge of all the earth, so we should lead lives that demonstrate respect and reverence and awe for Him. I don’t know of any other single topic in Scripture that has more blessings attached to it than the fear of the Lord. Let the fear of God, the awe of God, grow within you.
Heavenly Father, I rejoice today in the joy of my salvation. Your Word brings light and life to me. Holy Spirit, direct my steps, illumine my mind, and reveal God’s wisdom to me. My hope is anchored in the victory of my Lord and Savior, Jesus of Nazareth. Through my days on this earth may His name be exalted and His kingdom extended, amen.